Climate and geography: Situated at 385-1118 m above the sea level, surrounding mountain relief, climate conditions are mountainous with average yearly temperature of 10,8° C. Due to the influence form the Mediterranean climate the winter is mild and the summer is not very hot. There is quite high volume of precipitation and sometimes due to intensive raining there is danger of floods. The municipality borders Greece. Forests cover 82 % of municipal territory and additionally 8 % are covered with pastures. So the potential of wood waste biomass utilization is significant. There are some geothermal springs on the municipal territory.
Population: 9 settlements with 12 321 inhabitants in total.
Infrastructure: there is a road network but due to the mountain relief it is rather difficult to maintain. The roads are narrow and curved. No rail network developed. All settlements are centrally water and electricity supplied.
Economy: Industry is a major economic sector featuring lead and zinc metal ore extraction and processing. Machine building and repairing are also well developed as well as garment manufacturing industry. Wood logging and processing is also present as economic activity. Recently eco-tourism has been developed. Agriculture is mainly represented by animal breeding – sheep and cow breeding, poultry.
RES potential: There is available potential for RES utilization in Zlatograd Municipality in solar thermal and PV, waste wood biomass, geothermal power.
There is experience in Zlatograd Municipality in public building refurbishment – schools, kindergartens and administrative municipal buildings. There is also a municipal programme for energy efficiency (potential assessment and measures to implement) that can be used as a basis for SEAP development and implementation.
Within Green Twinning activities Zlatograd Municipality is developing knowledge on sustainable energy planning and project identification and implementation as well as considering signing CoM.